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The mighty hammer of Thor has selected Yngwie Malmsteen, circa 1988 for our Wednesday spin. "Odyssey", featuring Joe Lynn Turner on vocals, was Yngwie's most commercially successful release and many long time fans shunned Yngwie for trying to go mainstream. Even though I agree that there was a conscious attempt for radio friendly singles, which Joe Lynn Turner brings to the table, I also feel that the album may not have had the intensity of previous Yngwie releases due to him not being fully recovered from a near fatal car accident the previous year. Nonetheless there are several outstanding tracks on "Odyssey" with "Riot In The Dungeons" being my favorite, which is why it is playing in the background. In 2005 I conducted a phone interview with Yngwie for The Hairball John Radio Show. The interview turned out to be extremely comical with Yngwie's arrogance and ignorance taking center stage. I will search the archives to see if I can locate the interview and share it here in the future.
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The God of Thunder has decided to hold a special Monday mass with "Metal Church". Even though I was living in the SF Bay Area, where they were Metal Church was based, I did not attend their shows or give much attention to their 1984 debut release. I seem to remember them being really tight with Metallica, even auditioning Lars at one time as their possible drummer before the great "Met". But in the late 90's I was totally blown away when I saw them on a bill with Dio and Doro at Harpo's Concert Hall in Detroit (if my metal muddled memory is correct). The intensity of "Beyond The Black" and "Metal Church" grabbed my attention, but it was "Gods of Wrath" that cemented itself deep in my soul and has hauntingly become one of my very favorite metal songs.
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Pure joy is when “Sleeping My Day Away” comes on the radio and your 14 year old daughter proclaims “oh, I love this song” while reaching for volume knob.

Music video by D-A-D performing Sleeping My Day Away.
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100% Metal!!
Tomorrow this sign will serve as a beacon for metal heads attending the Bay City Record Show. Beneath the sign will be my ugly mug manning a table with nothing but metal. Metal vinyl, metal cd’s and metal VHS. If you are at the show be sure to stop by and help me pass the time by talking....METAL!!!

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Impatience gives way to temptation.
For years I have searched for an original copy of what is arguably one of the very best Priest albums. Waiting and crate digging hoping to find a copy well under the ever increasing cost of $60, which far, far exceeds the amount I have ever paid for an album. This past week I abandoned my search when desire to hear the album succumbed a nice price on the reissue at the Electric Kitsch. Now on its 2nd spin since 5am, it is a great way to start an early morning catching on paperwork at the studio. #MetalMeltdown

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Treadmill Concert:
Steelheart - Live In Osaka (1990)

The first time I saw SteelHeart was with King Of The Hill at a small club in San Jose, CA. It wasn't even 2 minutes into the set before I turn to my friend and mouthed "ho-ly shit"!
Miljenko Matijevic, you my friend are a beast!

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It's a damn shame that "Girl Gone Crazy" never made it on an album. Great song. Give it a listen at 17:02 into the video.

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Setlist: 01. Love Ain't Easy 02. Like Never Before 03. Gimme Gimme 04. Girl Gone Crazy 05. I'll Never Let You Go 06. Can't Stop Me Lovin' You 07. Drum / Guit...
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I've come to the realization that it is possible that a favorite band does not necessarily mean it is the band with the deepest catalog. Y&T has been my favorite band for over years. They are the band that I have seen the most live and they are the band that represents my youth. But I just recently realized that the Scorpions and Judas Priest have the deepest catalog of songs that I listen to the most.

What is your go to band with the deepest catalog?

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My morning treadmill concert:
Whitesnake Live In the Still Of The Night (2004).

David Coverdale is one lucky SOB to have Reb Beach and Doug Aldrich. The dynamic duo absolutely tear it up and have been instrumental in keeping Whitesnake fresh and relevant. Along with Marco Mendoza and Tommy Aldridge I believe this may be the strongest line up since the John Sykes years.

One of the best shows ever!
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The 805 Rock Room got a much needed cleaning and is ready to resume the Hairball John and Friends podcast. The best way to stay warm during a frigid Winter is music, beer, and friends talking metal!!

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Last week I had the honor of being in attendance at a holiday party that was highlighted by Brian Carson performing an acoustic version of his song of the year “Everything But Die”. As I was recording the performance I couldn’t help but feel as though I was capturing a very personal gift from Brian, and I am very pleased to be sharing it with you.

I encourage you to share this video, not only as a way of continuing the tribute but also to show support for music at its best,... raw and honest.

The official video for “Everything But Die” is link in the comment section below.

Brian Carson Rocks & Joe Sullivan

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Three words. Really, really good!
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Before sharing my thoughts on Sebastian Bach's autobiography let me preface it by saying that Sebastian is one of my favorite metal vocalists and I consider "Slave To The Grind" to be one of top 5 albums from the decade of decadence. Now, with that said, I consider it a travesty when considering the number of trees cut down / paper used to print what I consider 448 pages of crap. I estimate that 10% of the book is about his youth and years before Skid Row and possibly 20% r...egarding his years in Skid Row. The remaining 70% was about the astronomical mounds of cocaine and reservoirs of alcohol he consumed while naming names of those he consumed it with, along with several mentions of members from highly successful metal bands telling him that he is (paraphrasing) "the best vocalist / front man ever", asking for him to not let anyone know that they said it. With a title containing "Life On Skid Row" I expected more content on the workings of Skid Row as a band and his time in it. My thoughts seems to be in the minority based on the plethora of rave reviews of the book, but I call it as I read it. #80smetal #autobiography

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Hairball Happy Hour

Two afternoons in a row of friends stopping by the 805 Rock Room for few beverages while spinning a few albums and talking metal .
#hairballjohn #ripmagazine #80smetal

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Walking out of the Electric Kitsch after having this gem cleaned I realized how apropos this album was as 19 degree winds slapped me in the face.

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I just received a call from a close friend excited beyond words to be meeting Lita Ford tonight. “Do you have anything I can take for her to sign”? Silly rabbit, of course I do! 1988 “Lita” album, 1988 RIP Magazine, and 1991 Super Stars rock trading card.

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